They Call it Love: The Politics of Emotional Life
Comforting a family member or friend, soothing children, providing company for the elderly, ensuring that people feel well enough to work; this is all essential labour. Without it, capitalism would cease to function. In this talk, Alva Gotby investigates the work that makes a haven in a heartless world, examining who performs this labour, how it is organised, and how it might change.
Homo Sapiens Rediscovered
Who are we? How do scientists define Homo sapiens? And how does our species differ from the extinct hominins that came before us? Paul Pettitt reveals the extraordinary story of how our ancestors adapted to unforgiving and relentlessly changing climates, leading to remarkable innovations in art, technology, and society that we are only now beginning to comprehend.
Our politicians make vital decisions and declarations every day that rely on official data. But should all statistics be trusted? Georgina Sturge draws back the curtain on how governments of the past and present have been led astray by figures littered with inconsistency, guesswork and uncertainty.
How To Disagree
Ian Leslie reveals the secrets of how to disagree – without fighting – and shows how mastering the techniques of productive disagreement can transform every aspect of our lives.
Visions of the Occult: An Untold Story of Art & Magic
Archivist Victoria Jenkins presents her major survey of the occult collection of artworks, letters, objects and ephemera in the Tate Archive. This talk offers in-depth exploration of the occult and its relationship to art and culture including witchcraft, alchemy, secret societies, folklore and pagan rituals, demonology, spells and magic, para-sciences, astrology and tarot.
Museums That Make a Difference
Museums are there to educate us, to broaden our vistas of the world. But can some help us to change the world for the better? We invite two radical museums and archives to discuss their visions, ethos and logistics of making a place that makes a difference.
Intangible Value: The Future of Art & Money
Fortunes have been made and lost in crypto coin and NFTs. Are they the future for art and money or a confidence trick and a polluting black economy enabler? Experts Dr. Larisa Yarovaya and Becks Perfect mine to the bottom of the meaning and ethics of intangible value online.
Do I Have a Normal Mind?
Sarah Chaney presents the surprising history of how the very notion of the ‘normal’ came about, how it shaped us all, often while entrenching oppressive, colonialist values. Along the way she challenges why we ever thought it might be a desirable thing to be..
The Haunted Landscape: Folklore, Monsters and Ghosts
The Haunted Landscape calls again with demons in the landscape, kings sleeping beneath the ground and the ghosts that have followed us through all of human history. Watch these talks and short films on the folklore of Britain and beyond.